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Organic Cotton: Above and Beyond

Organic Cotton: Above and Beyond

All across the globe, over 70 countries are producing cotton and India is one of the leading countries in this spectrum. India is a major producer and exporter of cotton and its share in global production is 25 per cent. With almost 200 groups cultivating cotton in eight states, this fabric plays an important role in our agrarian and industrial economy.

Organic cotton is grown using non-genetically modified seeds and without using any chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. India, China and Turkey are currently into the production of organic cotton. India is a global leader among the 18 countries that produce certified organic cotton. As per the Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Market Report 2017, there were 1,92,148 organic cotton farmers in India. 

Thus, cotton is the sole organic crop that contributes almost 45% of the total area in organic cultivation. Organic cotton farming offers a life choice and an alternative to thousands of marginal farmers for whom cultivation of organic cotton is a less expensive method of Production.

How organic cotton cultivation is environment friendly?

The unconventional cotton farming technique uses several hazardous insecticides and pesticides whereas organic cotton farming relies on non-chemical inputs and thus decreases pollution hazards. Pesticides residues in the fibers can cause carcinogenic damage to the users.

The use of bio control agents for pest management in organic farming will cause no such effects. Large scale discharge of untreated and unprocessed effluents by the textile industry causes water pollution and destroys the available water resources that are used for irrigation. 

How organic cotton farming is benefitting the farmers?

Organic Cotton farming promotes the idea of using Non-GMO seeds. Climate change and climate variability in the form of low rainfall and higher temperatures are major concern for cotton farmers. Several studies have shown that non-GMO seeds are climate-resilient. Such cotton varieties are expected to adapt more easily to changes such as extreme temperature and water fluctuations like droughts and floods. This encourages farmers to have hybrid variations in cotton seeds.

Also, Farmers get additional benefits of fair-trade premium for Organic and Fair-trade (OFT) cotton which enables them to enhance their income levels. Organic cotton farming gives job satisfaction to the farmers and is female-friendly (as spraying insecticides/pesticides are considered mostly done by men because of their hazardous nature that could affect a female’s fertility and later her baby’s health in several ways).

Thus, it is undeniable that the benefits of organic cotton farming are multi-dimensional. And we are heading forward towards our goal of bringing you close to Sustainable Aesthetic/Affordable Eco-Friendly Fashion. This is our safe mission. Oops! SAEF Mission. :)

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2 comments

  • It will encourage farmers directly to grow pesticides free cotton and also good for environment and land to make them healthy and it will indirectly make human healthier. I support this mission.

    Nevil
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